Posted by: Karin | 2009/04/15

Von Willebrand disease

Hi doc...I was diagnosed with Von Willebrand disease type 2, I' m 39 yr old. The specialist said that I must have inherited it from my parents...My father has a brother who died of internal bleeding after accident and had a history of bleeding and because my father bruises easily and bleeds alot I assumed I inherited it from him. He was tested for VWB last week and the tests came back negative today...I don' t think I got it from my mom because of her history...Is it possible that one of them could be a ' carrier'  of the disease and test negative? My second question: Could my tests results be wrong?....I do have the clinical symptoms of VWB-|-well and they did do blood tests to rule out other causes, for eg cancer that could have cause my VWB....Thanx

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Hallo Karin
It is difficult to answer your question as there is not a single test that will confirm VWB disease - it is a combination of clinical signs and blood tests that leads to the diagnosis. VWB can be hereditary or aquired due to auto antibodies. I think members of the same family can have it in different degrees and women usually notices it much more due to excessive menstruation.
Dr Bets

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